Istanbul is a city that wears its cultures and history well, blending them into an exciting city that has much to offer travelers from around the world. Founded during Neolithic times, Istanbul today is a modern city that remains true to its historic heritage through its mosques, basilicas and cathedrals, and ancient bazaars.

Sitting pretty between the continents of Asia and Europe, Turkey boasts of some truly magnificent shopping options that will make any shopaholic get into a frenzy. Shopping in Turkey is great, with open-air markets, covered Turkish bazaars and chic boutiques everywhere. Turkish carpets and ceramics are world famous but the list doesn't by no means stops there!
Bargaining (or haggling) is sometimes part of the experience. Do it right, and it can be a pleasant—and profitable—social experience.

Whether it’s stunning beaches and bays that you are after or ancient historical sites and marvelous mosques, Turkey’s cities will never disappoint. Delicious cuisine and a friendly and welcoming population await you, and Turkey’s rich cultural heritage makes for an intoxicating experience that will surely live long in the memory.

Steeped in history with a landscape that encompasses beaches and soaring mountains, Turkey has acted as the gateway between Europe and Asia for thousands of years. Being a place of trade and of exchanging cultures has made Turkey a richly diverse country. The point where East meets West, the wealth of culture and breadth of influences has left its mark and is revealed in the country’s mouthwatering culinary landscape, as well as in the innumerable religious monuments and archaeological sites.